Category Archives: Misc. Colorado Scenery

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Our trip to the park this week can be summed up in one word: hot. We did a little bit of walking through the fields.

Sadie and Luka

Luka dawdled behind me at one point and then raced to catch up.

Luka

We spent most of our time in the woods by the stream.

Trail

The dogs chased each other.

Luka chases Sadie

Sadie

And ran around by themselves, too.

Sadie

Luka

Luka explored the rocks.

Luka on the rocks

And they both enjoyed cooling off in the water.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie was soaked (and kept wanting to snuggle me so I was soaked, too).

Sadie

She wanted to keep playing, but she was very tired.

Sadie

She dug a hole in the dirt and rested.

Sadie

Luka rested in the shade, too.

Luka

We had a lot of fun and the heat was exhausting. After we arrived home we all fell asleep. (Sadie got a head start: she slept the entire drive home.)

Finally, there are new socks on the needles.

Socks

Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting. ~ Anonymous

The weather over the weekend was fantastic. It was one of those gorgeous days at the park that took my breath away.

View

One of my favorite things about Colorado is the sky. From time to time, I have people email/comment to ask if I alter the color of the sky in some of my pictures to make it so blue. I do not. The sky here really that blue. This picture shows it and I love the contrast of the green and blue in this picture.

Green and blue

The wind was manageable this week so we were able to explore more of the park.

View

We walked through fields.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

We climbed the hill.

Climbing the hill

And enjoyed the view from the top.

Overlook

Sadie enjoyed a rest in the sun.

Sadie

We walked through the woods.

Sadie

At one point, Sadie spotted something in a tree.

Luka - There's something in this tree!

She encouraged Luka to take a look, too.

Do you see it, Luka?

But, the dogs’ favorite spot was the stream.

Sadie and Luka.  Well, Luka's butt.

I love how Sadie plows through the water with wild abandon.

Sadie

Luka continued to enjoy drinking from waterfalls.

Drinking out of the waterfall

I’ve tried playing fetch with Luka, and he’s not really into it. He’ll fetch sometimes, but most of the time he just watches the ball fly through the air and then walks away.

However, he found a ball in the stream and really liked it. In fact, he played fetch with himself. He’d toss the ball around.

Tossing the ball

Then he’s watch it fall.

Luka plays fetch with himself

He’d paw at the ball.

I'm pawing at the tennis ball

Then he’d pick it up.

Going for my ball!

And start all over again.

Got the ball!

This happened near the end of the time at the park and Sadie was tired. She climbed out of the water and took a nap.

Tired

Luka was tired, too. This is how he fell asleep on the way home. (It’s hard to see, but he’s actually sitting on Sadie.)

Luka is weird, part 2

The way he fell asleep is further evidence that Luka is weird. I had my first evidence earlier in the week when I lost Luka. I lost him in my house. That may not sound too odd, but I live in a very small house (700 sq. feet) and losing a dog of Luka’s size in a such a small place was very strange. I found him tucked behind the couch.

The backside of Luka

I hadn’t even thought to look there because it’s such a small space. I store a lot of stuff behind my couch (my home has no storage space) and I didn’t think a cat, let alone a 100lbs. dog could fit back there. But he can fit and evidently he likes it there.

Luka is weird, part 1

I have socks!

socks

More details and pictures are here.

Finally, for those of us in the U.S., it’s Memorial Day. I’m enjoying my day off work, but I realize that it came at a horrible price. Thank you.

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor

The socks have heel flaps!

Socks

And since I took this picture they also have heel turns.

Today marks four weeks since Luka came home. He’s learned his name and often does this when I say his name (I love dogs that tilt their heads.)

I tip my head when you say my name.

When I went looking for a new dog, I hoped that I would get one that liked to play. I found one that loves to play.

Luka always starts by chewing softly on Sadie’s feet.

Sadie and Luka

When Sadie gets sick of it she jumps him.

Sadie and Luka

And the wrestling begins.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

After a week of cold and dreary weather the clouds parted (briefly) for our trip to the park.

Foothills

This week there was a lot of splashing.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Luka found a deep part in the stream.

Luka

Luka

Sadie preferred to hang out while Luka explored.

Sadie and Luka

She loves the water.

Sadie

The dogs did a lot of running.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

We climbed the rocky hill.

Sadie and Luka

We spent a lot of time in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie likes that, too.

Sadie

Sadie also kept an eye out for squirrels.

Sadie

We walked about four miles at the park. The last mile was in the rain. We arrived home soaked, but had this waiting for us.

Rainbow

This afternoon I looked outside and saw Luka sleeping like this.

Luka lets it all hang out

Weirdo.

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. ~ Arthur Rubinstein

Spring has sprung.

Spring

The blossoms have appeared at the park.

Spring

After a winter of brown the park is finally turning green. That means there are a lot of wonderful things to sniff.

Sadie and Luka

It was a gorgeous day at the park. I took a leap of faith and let Luka off the leash the entire time we were there. He was a very good boy and came back every time I called for him. He also stayed relatively close to me (not as close as Sadie, but close enough that I didn’t worry).

Sadie and Luka led the way on the main walking trail.

Sadie and Luka

We also went off the main trail to climb one of the hills.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

We all enjoyed the view from the top.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs explored the woods together.

Sadie and Luka

And, of course, there was a lot of splashing in the stream.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

At one point, Luka was darting in and out of a waterfall. Sadie and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing.

Sadie and Luka

Then it became clear: he was trying to drink the falling water.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs enjoyed running together.

Sadie and Luka

They ran separately.

Sadie

Luka

And they played chase with other dogs (I love how Sadie and Luka are each chasing a different dog).

Sadie and Luka playing chase

All of the running meant they slept the whole way home.

Sadie and Luka crashed after the dog park

The feet of the socks are done. The stripes aren’t as close as the last pair, but I still love them.

Socks

When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. ~ Alice Hoffman

Today dawned cold and foggy. It was also drizzling. It was the perfect day to hibernate at home.

Foggy day

Instead, Sadie and I went to our park. The usual spectacular view of the foothills was hidden by the thick blanket of fog.

Foggy day

Seeing the hills rise out of the mist reminded me of the movie Brigadoon.

Foggy day

Sadly, Gene Kelly did not appear out of the mist to dance with me.

In fact, we didn’t see many other people at all.

Sadie

On a warm day the walking trail is filled with dogs and their people. Today we often had it to ourselves.

Sadie

Sadie used the solitude to enjoy a moment of quiet reflection.

Sadie

The park is beginning to show signs of life after a cold and snowy winter. Today I saw the first buds of the year.

Spring!

Spring!

There is also grass sprouting in the woods and Sadie sniffed every bit of it.

On the trail

Sadie

At one point she was so absorbed in the grass that she walked into a bush.

She ran into the branches

As always, Sadie enjoyed splashing in the stream.

Sadie

She even explored the waterfalls.

Exploring the waterfalls

Splashing in the stream and the mist in the air combined to create a soaking wet dog. Sadie paused often to try to shake off the water.

Sadie

The weather was no match and by the time we got back to the car we were both wet and muddy.

Sadie

Despite the weather related misery, it was a lot more fun than staying at home.

Sadie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet

It was another spectacular weekend here. Sadie and I spent time at our favorite park.

View from park

We walked across the fields.

Sadie

Sadie urged me to stop taking pictures and walk faster.

Hi

We climbed the hill…

Sadie on hill

…and I sat on this bench on top of the hill.

Bench on top of hill

Sadie sat beside me.

Sadie

We both enjoyed the view.

View from top of the hill

We made our way down the hill and went to Sadie’s favorite spot: the stream. Sadie immediately got comfortable.

Sadie

A few minutes later a lot of other dogs showed up.

Stream full of dogs

Then the playing began.

Chase

Chase

Much to Sadie’s delight, another dog decided to play Chase with her.

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie and friend playing

Sadie and friend

After the game it was time for a cold drink.

Enjoying the cold water

A quick nap in the sun…

Sadie

… and a real nap under a tree.

Sadie

If Sadie could give the day two paws up, she would.

Sadie

The latest pair of socks are going very, very slowly. This is how far I’ve gotten.

yarn

Hopefully I’ll have actual socks to show off next weekend.

Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning. ~ Norman Strung

It was another gorgeous weekend here. When Sadie and I arrived at the park I realized that spring is finally here.

Unfrozen

The stream is completely thawed. The little waterfalls are all flowing freely.

Waterfalls

Another waterfall

Tiny waterfall

As always, Sadie jumped right in.

Sadie

She barked with joy.

Barking with joy

She splashed.

Splish splash

She enjoyed the ice cold water.

Enjoying the cold water

And she shook it off when she splashed it all over herself.

Shaking off the water

Sadie loves the water.

Sadie

We also explored the woods. Sadie loves to run through the woods.

Here she comes!

She loves it even more when there’s someone to chase.

Chase

We explored the fields.

Sadie

In the middle of one of these fields is my favorite bench in the park.

Bench overlooking Cheyenne Mountain

I love to sit there and admire the view.

Foothills

It was a fun day and when we arrived home Sadie passed out.

Sadie

I finished the socks last night.

Socks

Socks

My intent was to get the stripes to match as closely as possible and look what happened:

Socks

They match perfectly. I’m still not sure how I pulled that off.

Full details of the socks are here.

I love this yarn so much that I’m going to use it again for the next pair of socks.

Good To Be Girl

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air… ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday dawned sunny, but very cold and very windy.

Cold day

I almost wimped out on the park, but I couldn’t deprive Sadie of the highlight of her week.  I bundled up and off we went.

On the way to the park we drove by what I call the spaceship house.

Spaceship house

I don’t know the story behind the spaceship, but I laugh every time I see it.

Sadie was more independent this week.   She led the way on walking path.

Sadie

She urged me to walk faster.

Sadie wants me to walk faster

She explored the fields.

Sniff patrol

She took off through the woods.

Sadie explores

She came to get me when I dawdled behind her.

Happy Sadie

She enjoyed drinking the ice cold stream water.

Sadie in water

And she relaxed in the cold water (brrrr).

Chilling

She barked with joy.

Barking

Seeing Sadie having so much fun made me forget the cold.   Almost.

Sadie

I’m making great progress on the Grape Ape socks.

socks

Romeo has been helping me knit them.

Romeo bats the yarn

My yarn

Romeo

Finally, a picture of Sadie. The dog takes napping seriously.

Snoozing

A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way. ~ Mary Carolyn Davies

Thank you to everyone who commented, emailed and sent PM’s via Ravelry to express condolences on the loss of Kishka.  I appreciate all of the kind words and stories that you shared with me.   As many people commented, Kish’s death was very sudden and unexpected.   I think I’m finally getting over the sheer shock of it and am starting to process what happened.

One thing I’m getting used to is a quiet house.   I knew that Kish wooed a lot, but I didn’t realize just how much she wooed.   My house is so darn quiet now.   It’s kind of spooky.

I’m also showering Sadie with attention.   She and Kishka bonded from the very beginning and I knew that Kish’s death would be rough on Sadie.   For the first few days, Sadie seemed to look for Kishka.   She was constantly walking around the house and yard.    She’s stopped the searching and now she just seems depressed.   I realize I’m anthropomorphizing her, but there’s no way around it:   the dog has got the blues.

Sadie

Weekends are for outdoor adventures and that continues.    Hiding in my house eating chocolate will not bring Kishka back (a tactic I have tried) so last weekend Sadie and I headed out for our weekly adventure.   I couldn’t face our usual park, so we went to a different one.    Sadie had to stay on her leash at this park, but we still had fun.

The scenery was beautiful.
Red rocks

Sadie

Rocks

The trails weren’t crowded.

Sadie heads down the trail

Sadie enjoyed leading the way.

Sadie leads the way

She got impatient with all my picture taking.

Sadie waits for me

And we found a gorgeous spot to rest.

Sadie rests

This weekend we went back to our regular park.  It was a gorgeous day.

Foothills

There were even birds singing.

Singing bird

Sadie has always been a follower, not a leader, so for the first hour or so she stuck close by my side.   Kishka always led the way and I don’t think Sadie quite knew what to do without her there.    After some encouragement from me, she ventured off on her own.

Sadie goes exploring

Sadie

Always keeping an eye on me, of course.

Sadie

There was snow to eat.

Sadie likes snow

A stream to splash in.

Sadie

Sadie

And, a hole to dig.

Sadie digging

This last one took me by surprise. I’ve never seen Sadie dig a hole, but she dug a huge one yesterday.

What?

Sadie also found a friend to play Chase with her.

Sadie plays chase

She never came close to catching him, but she had fun trying.

Chase

She was a very tired girl when we got home.

Sadie in sunbeam

There has been knitting around here.   I finished the Film Noir socks last weekend.

Film Noir socks

The yarn is simply lovely.

Film Noir socks close up

And the skein size generous (I have size 10 feet).

Leftover yarn

I also cast on a new pair and have completed both feet.

Socks

Today is a very special day for Sadie.

Sadie

It’s her anniversary. It was two years ago today that she came to live with me. We’re going to go for a walk later and then tonight she’ll get her present:

Busy Bone

Sadie rarely gets such treats, so I’m sure she’s going to love it.

Sadie slurps

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. ~ Horace Walpole

My camera lives in my purse. I love capturing unexpected moments.

I was driving home from work one day this week when I spotted this:

Burger King dude

Yes, that’s a Burger King crown on his head. He appeared to be sober.

Yesterday I spotted these people walking through town:

Celebrating early?

I think they started their St. Patrick’s Day drinking a bit early.

Could it be the moon?

Moon

Like many knitters, I keep my notions in tins (Altoids tins, gum tins, etc.). I was at the store this week and spotted a very cool tin.

It was marked 50% off and was in my cart before I thought to see what was inside. As a bonus, it was something I could use:

We went to the park this weekend, but I didn’t take many pictures. I did snap this one of Kishka enjoying the stream:

Kishka in stream

The day at the park wore her out:

Kishka sleeping

Little known fact about Sadie: sometimes she sleeps with her eyes open. She was snoring when I took this picture:

Freaky dog sleeping with her eye open

And here she is, contemplating her place in the universe:

Sadie Maxine

I just started the cuffs on my socks. It won’t be long before I’m wearing these!

Socks

Finally, best buddies:

Buddies

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